By Graeme Hanna

17th May, 2023 | 7:40pm

Rangers confirm 'significant investment' to take Ibrox capacity beyond 51,500

Rangers have confirmed a three-year plan to transform facilities for disabled supporters at Ibrox, as part of an overall increase to the stadium capacity, as reported by the official website.

The work will commence immediately over the next few weeks as part of a phased development that will see further upgrades take place in the close season of 2024 and 2025.

There will also be a complete refurbishment of the concourse and kiosk facilities within the stadium for all fans.

The details were made public on Wednesday afternoon, in a much-anticipated update for the club’s dedicated disabled supporters who have had to ensure sub-standard conditions for too long.

“At a meeting of the club’s board last week, a phased series of works was agreed, with that beginning this summer with further construction scheduled for the summers of 2024 and 2025 to provide Ibrox with the best disabled facilities of any stadium in Scotland and become one of the most accessible sports arenas in Europe,” it said.

“The summer periods have been chosen to ensure regular season matches are not disrupted by this essential work.

“In all, this significant investment will take the number of spaces for wheelchair users to 270, while 700 general access seats will also be added. Upon completion, the capacity of Ibrox will be in excess of 51,500.”

More to come

This is great news for the club, but especially for the disabled supporters who deserve the significant and modern upgrade to the facilities that have been announced.

It will transform the matchday experience and that can only be welcomed. News of an overall increase in the capacity at Ibrox is another positive step, although it will be around two years before the work is concluded.

On top of a full rebuild of the first-team playing squad and the ongoing changes in the board room at the club, this is just the latest news with much more to come in what will be an action-packed summer on Edmiston Drive.

Most of the focus will understandably centre around Michael Beale’s plans for his squad ahead of the new campaign, with the likes of Kieran Dowell and Dujon Sterling said to be lined up already, prior to the end of a very disappointing season.

In other Rangers news, the madness has begun as the Light Blues close in on a brand new multi-million pound transfer.